The Arabic Language

23 Nov

As quoted by Lesley Hazleton on TED. She is agnostic, used to be Jew.

I just love the Arabic language :))

” the Quran is really in Quran only in Arabic. Take the Al Fatihah, the 7 verse opening chapter, its just 29 words in arabic but anywhere from 65-72 in translation. And yet the more you add the more it seems to go missing.

The Arabic has an incantatory, almost hypnotic quality that begs to be heard, rather than read, felt more than analyzed. It wants to be chanted out loud to sound its music in the ear not on the tongue. The Quran in English is a kind of shadow of itself ”

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